Ed Sheeran has revealed he has tested positive for Covid-19 and has cancelled all upcoming in-person commitments less than a week before his new album release on October 29.
The singer, 30, took to Instagram and released a statement saying he is currently self-isolating and will do as many virtual interviews and performances as he can.
He wrote: ‘Hey guys. Quick note to tell you that I’ve sadly tested positive for Covid, so I’m now self-isolating and following government guidelines.
Statement: Ed Sheeran has revealed he has tested positive for Covid-19 and has cancelled all upcoming in-person commitments
‘It means that I’m now unable to plough ahead with any in person commitments for now, so I’ll be doing as many of my planned interviews/performances I can from my house. Apologies to anyone I’ve let down. Be safe everyone x’.
Ed was inundated with well wishes from his followers with one writing: ‘Get well soon,’ while another wrote: ‘Hope you’re OK’.
Ed is scheduled to join Apple Music’s Zane Lowe for an interview next week along with sharing some new songs from his upcoming fourth album.
His new record = (prounounced ‘equals’) will be released on Friday October 29.
Statement: The singer, 30, took to Instagram and released a statement saying he is currently self-isolating and will do as many virtual interviews and performances as he can
It comes after Ed was spotted watching his wife Cherry Seaborn play hockey alongside her Harleston Magpies teammates in the namesake Suffolk town on Saturday.
The singer kept out of the pouring rain from the comfort of his plush blue Bentley Bentayga, which sells for a whopping £200k.
Proving himself to be the devoted husband, the Shivers singer, who is worth an estimated £200m, watched on in-awe as the ladies stormed to victory against Trojans from Southampton.
He could be seen looking on in glee as Cherry took a penalty and scored a goal just in front of him, helping her team to win 3-0.
Low-key: It comes after Ed was spotted watching his wife Cherry Seaborn play hockey alongside her Harleston Magpies teammates in the namesake Suffolk town on Saturday
A keen hockey player, Cherry recently returned to her old club which she represented at the age of 17, while holding the title of Female Young Player of the Year in 2009.
While she studied at Durham University, she continued to play hockey and won the British University Championship in 2012 and 2013.
Cherry was selected for the England Under 21’s team in 2012 and helped to win the bronze medal at the European Championships.
Talented: His high school crush, 29, put on a very animated display while sweating it out with her Harleston Magpies teammates in the pouring rain
Meanwhile, Ed recently swapped his guitar for books to become the latest celebrity to read aloud to the nation on CBeebies Bedtime Stories.
In first look footage from the Shape Of You hitmaker’s upcoming episode, the hitmaker reflects on suffering with a speech impediment as a child and admits he thought it would ‘never’ stop.
‘I couldn’t get the words out and I used to worry that I’d never be able to speak without stuttering… It made me feel different,’ he said.
Ed, whose CBeebies Bedtime Stories episode will air on November 5, reads from I Talk Like a River by Jordan Scott and Sydney Smith.
Reaction: Ed was inundated with well wishes from his followers with one writing: ‘Get well soon,’ while another wrote: ‘Hope you’re ok’
The book is a moving story about a boy with a stutter, whose father helps him by explaining that the flow of his words is like a river.
Talking directly to children at home as he looks earnestly down the camera, Ed says: ‘When I was little I had a stutter which means when I spoke sometimes the words got a bit stuck on the way out.
‘It made me feel different because, you know, I’d be in school and the teacher would ask a question that I would know the answer to and I’d put my hand in the air and then when it came to my turn to answer I couldn’t get the words out.
He continues: ‘I used to worry that I’d never be able to speak without stuttering. But now I sing and I talk to people all the time. Sometimes to lots of people.’
Brave: It comes after Ed became the latest celebrity to join CBeebies Bedtime Stories and reflects on his childhood stutter that he thought would ‘never’ stop in first look footage
Ed follows in the footsteps of many other notable musicians who have appeared on CBeebies Bedtime Stories including Dave Grohl, Dolly Parton, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Rag’n’Bone Man, Sir Elton John, George Ezra, Alesha Dixon, Robbie Williams, Mark Ronson and Will Young.
The singer said of his involvement in the programme: ‘Growing up, I had a stutter like the boy in I Talk Like a River,
‘I’m delighted to be reading this story for CBeebies Bedtime Stories, especially as I’m a new dad myself. I hope the story helps inspire and support other children who stutter.’
Ed welcomed his first child, a daughter called Lyra who is now 14 months, with his wife Cherry Seaborn, 29, in September last year.
Family: Ed welcomed his first child, a daughter called Lyra who is now 14 months, with his wife Cherry in September last year